23-year-old mother killed by stray bullet while reading the Bible to her 7-month-old daughter

Melanie Yates was reading the Bible to her youngest daughter when a stray bullet entered her home and hit her in the head on Sunday night.

She died from her injuries on Monday morning.

The Zion Police Department responded to the Yates home around 9 p.m. Sunday after a call about gunshots.

When police arrived at the home, they found evidence of multiple shots fired near the Zion, Illinois home.

The Lake & McHenry County scanner reported that 23-year-old Melanie was not the intended target.

‘We miss her.’
At the time of the shooting, Melanie, who had two young children with her husband, Daniel, was reading the Bible to her youngest daughter as she got her ready for bed.

“Everyone who knew Lanie knows that she loved Jesus Christ with every fiber of her being. There is no doubt that she is in heaven at this very moment. But on earth we miss her very much, ”wrote her brother Stephan Calderón on social media.

His family is heartbroken by the shooting.

“You totally transformed the lives of my son-in-law and granddaughters. They will never meet their mother again. It’s heartbreaking because she wasn’t outside, she was in her own house,” said her mother, Lam Calderon.

So far, police have no suspects and are asking the public if they have any information to present.

A GoFundMe has been created to help the Yates family with financial expenses. Over $80,000 has been raised so far.

In addition to financial help, the family has also asked for prayers as they mourn the loss of Melanie.

We miss her passionate and powerful prayers. We miss her infectious laugh. We miss her beautiful singing voice raising songs of worship. We miss her witty and feisty humor of hers. We miss her dedication to being an amazing and godly wife and mother. We miss her. And we wish with every fiber of our being that she was here, but we know she is in a better place,” her brother wrote online.

My heart breaks for the Yates family. I can’t imagine the pain you are experiencing right now.

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